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Posted by Ray  |   8 Dec 2011  |  Comments (11)

First things first: I've always been a bit put off by Vibram FiveFingers, the form-fitting, toe-splitting footwear that's intended to approximate bare feet. And by "a bit put off," I mean that I find them borderline criminal.

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That said, I'm intrigued by a new offering from a Spanish company called 01M OneMoment, who recently launched their flagship product, a slip-on shoe that is intended to challenge Vibram's monopoly—or pentaphalangy, if you will—on the quasi-barefoot market. It's essentially an ultralightweight latex sock that is distinct from other footwear—five-fingered or otherwise—not only in terms of its appearance but also for its conceptual and technical approach.

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01M OneMoment was originally inspired by native Amazonians, "who painted their feet soles with natural latex, obtained on the Hevea trees," as a natural "shoe" that eventually wears off and degrades into the environment. Their shoe comes in at just 1mm thick for the upper and 2mm for the sole, "at least 3mm less than the traditional shoe, which allows for "higher comfort, skin tight feeling and correct breathing all at the same time."

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This shoe has been purportedly been years in the making, the brainchild of a "multidisciplinary team of architects, product designers, shoemakers and podologists." The major breakthrough lies in the materials itself, which is molded in a carbon-compensated polymer-injection process (in Spain):

01M collection is developed from state of the art high-tech materials as biodegradable plastics, and extremely innovative production techniques, brought from other fields not related to the shoe industry, giving the product high resistance level, elasticity and environmental respect.

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Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |   5 Oct 2011  |  Comments (2)

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Boston- and New-York-based Continuum Fashion is a company comprised of computational designers Mary Huang and Jenna Fizel, hard at work "creating the future of fashion and stuff." Their N12 bikini is an early example of RP clothing, using Shapeways and an SLS machine to burn nylon into the desired configuration.

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Posted by core jr  |   8 Sep 2011  |  Comments (1)

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In case you missed it, back in 2006 we celebrated our 11th year with a special collaboration: the Core77 x Fila Blu Fom sneaker. With only 300 pairs available, the limited edition sneakers were hand numbered and packed in a vintage Fila box. Now here's your chance to relive the magic with a brand new, never worn before pair of Blu Foms in men's US 11. Thanks to our board members, we were alerted to the pair up on the eBay auction block. Act fast, the auction ends on September 12th!

Original video from the archive after the jump:

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Posted by Core77 Design Awards  |   6 Sep 2011  |  Comments (0)

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Over the next months we will be highlighting award-winning projects and ideas from this year's Core77 Design Awards! For full details on the project, jury commenting and more information about the awards program, go to Core77DesignAwards.com

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Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Category: Strategy/Research
Award: Student Winner



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Senseables, an outerwear and footwear solution addressing the needs of children with autism through touch sensitivity, learning tools for independence, and style and peer acceptance.

The problem I set out to solve was how to improve the daily life routine for children with autism. What inspired me to choose this topic, was hearing my Aunt Toni talk about my 7-year old cousin, Liam, and his challenges with autism. The next week I was listening to the news and heard how over 1 in 110 children in the United States has autism. I knew this was a sign that I had found my opportunity; I wanted to better the lives of children with autism through design. I knew this topic would be challenging, provide a social and large impact, would be rewarding, and of course would require in-depth primary and secondary research. I was ecstatic to finally work on something that meant something to me and would prove to have a purpose in the world.

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Core77: How did you learn that you had been recognized by the jury?

The morning the Core 77 Design Award Strategy/Research category
aired I watched it streaming live from Italy. I was so ecstatic to
hear them announce my project and name as a winner that I almost
didn't believe it. I immediately ran and told family and friends; it
was a great moment!

What's the latest news or development with your project?

I am currently revisiting my senior thesis project, Senseables; I
am eager to perfect both my footwear and outerwear designs. I am
interested in manufacturing my products one day in hopes to obtain my
ultimate goal of actually improving the self worth of children with
autism.

What is one quick anecdote about your project?

My favorite memory of working on my project, was when I
implemented the Sticky Manifesto, a design research analysis method
using hundreds of sticky notes, all over my dorm room walls.

Read on for full details on the project and jury comments.

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Posted by Core77 Design Awards  |  23 Aug 2011  |  Comments (0)

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Over the next months we will be highlighting award-winning projects and ideas from this year's Core77 Design Awards! For full details on the project, jury commenting and more information about the awards program, go to Core77DesignAwards.com

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Location: London, United Kingdom
Category: Soft Goods/Apparel
Award: Student Winner



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Proposing a cradle-to-cradle approach to fashion footwear creation, construction processes, materials and product life-cycle have been examined and re-designed. Icica wedge relies on the principles of modular construction and mechanical grip to replace glue. The result is a striking shoe with components which can be separated (for recycling/biodegrading) post-consumption.

The modular Icica construction allows different materials to be combined in a shoe and then separated for recycling/biodegrading. Materials testing and implementation of an end-life programme is the next step, establishing a programme for re-collecting and recycling materials, or adopting materials which can be recycled in the mainstream. Testing is required for each new material adopted, aiming for maximum reuse and potentially working with a recycling firm. The use of bio-based plastics as opposed to petroleum-based is another step, though more in-depth analysis of materials needs completing before the product is brought to market. Strict sourcing is imperative, producing as ethically and ecologically as possible. Manufacture is European and ethical, producing for the luxury market and utilizing skilled craftsmen. The use of organic leather is key to more ethical production of leather. Likewise replacing exotics with fish/ostrich means hides are a meat industry by-product and supplied by Atlantic leathers, the tannery is run on hydroelectricity and naturally heated geothermal water. Organic cotton organza is used in one upper. Trims are off-cuts. Materials in packaging are recycled unbleached card and embossed where branded, with shoe-bags made from organic brushed cotton.

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Core77: What's the latest news or development with your project?

My current main focus is a full-time design role but I'm hoping to find a sponsor to evolve the project in the future into a market-ready product.

What are some of the challenges you encountered developing your project?

I learned a lot throughout the project and made many mistakes. One that springs to mind is not to use modelling clay to adjust the last (form used to mould the upper of the shoe), as after several hours of careful moulding the toe dropped off! I also had a bit of a nightmare when it came to the photography, having organised the shoot with the fantastic David Abrahams (in my then living room!), 2 days before deadline and my 3rd model cancelled on me an hour before the start. I ended up running around topshop oxford circus asking people what size feet they have, and luckily my model just happened to be in the queue to pay...

Read on for full details on the project and jury comments.

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Posted by Core77 Design Awards  |  12 Aug 2011  |  Comments (2)

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Over the next months we will be highlighting award-winning projects and ideas from this year's Core77 Design Awards! For full details on the project, jury commenting and more information about the awards program, go to Core77DesignAwards.com

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Floeh_headshot2.jpgDesigner: Hanky Pancreas - Jessica Floeh
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Category: Soft Goods/Apparel
Award: Professional Notable



Hanky Pancreas

Hanky Pancreas is a series of design solutions for women wearing diabetes technologies such as insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors. The products transform the devices into fashion accessories to make them more wearable, instigate new conversations about health, and bring more awareness and social acceptance to living with diabetes.

I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 4 and was hesitant to use an insulin pump until I was 21 years old. Always a creative person, I conceptualized new ways to hide the device once I became part machine. Curious as to why this device impacted me so much, I enrolled into Parsons The New School For Design to pursue graduate work in the field of Design and Technology.

While there I focused on design projects that addressed health and wellness. My final year at Parsons consisted of heavy research and prototyping of solutions to improve experiences for those living with diabetes. I worked with a focus group of women from ACT1 Diabetes Young Women's Support Group and conducted surveys within the diabetic communities online. At Parsons I was fortunate to be connected with leading experts and professors that guided my design process. Since graduating I've continued to make contacts with experts in the field of medicine as well as fashion.

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Core77: What's the latest news or development with your project?

This award is among some other simultaneously exciting events for Hanky Pancreas. Beginning in mid-June, some of my first prototypes became part of a year long exhibition at DHUB Museu in Barcelona about the relationship between humans and machines. Additionally, Hanky Pancreas was just part of the 2011 European Conference on Design4Health that ran from July 13-15.

What is 1 quick anecdote about your project?

Everyone loves the name, some people ask how I thought of it. I have what appeared to be a useless talent for naming things and playing with words. I was stewing on a much earlier and different version of this project idea at the very beginning of my thesis work at Parsons The New School For Design. And then one night I sat straight up in my bed (it was probably 3 am) and I excitedly whispered to myself "HANKY PANCREAS!" I immediately opened up my laptop, squinted my eyes from the brightness, and plugged in www.hankypancreas.com - I couldn't believe it when I discovered the domain name was available. I purchased it right then and there. The work truly fits the name; playful yet diabetes-related. It makes people light up and smile. It invites positive questions.

Read on for full details on the project and jury comments.

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Posted by Ray  |  30 Jun 2011  |  Comments (1)

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Carrier pigeons haven't been considered as a practical, efficient mode of communication since World War II, yet eco-conscious shoe company Jojo has found a way to use them for deliveries, physically and digitally. Based on the video below, the Brussels-based brand's flock is meant to deliver at least as much web traffic as they do shoes.

Quote of the day at 2:23...

The bit about having customers submit images of their neighborhoods (for the pigeons' benefit) is pretty neat, though I'm curious as to how reliably the pigeons can find their destinations based on Google Streetview...

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Still, the strange thing about the video is that they don't mention the project—half of the proceeds go towards one of two "actions": providing clean water or planting trees in Africa—at any point during the clip. Thankfully, it's a straightforward metaphor:

...this shoe (or should we say this ribbon) conforms to the shape of the foot, just like a bandage meant to heal it, [which has] become the distinctive sign of our brand, directly linked to our eco-responsible philosophy...

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For what it's worth, the design ain't bad... though I'm not seeing the "pigeon" option under shipping (for U.S. or Belgian addresses).

Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  16 Jun 2011  |  Comments (0)

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Here's a great example of how to tie industrial design, fashion design, jewelry design, textile design, photography and film together in a single exhibition: RISD's "Cocktail Culture: Ritual and Invention in American Fashion, 1920-1980." The currently-running exhibition features more than 200 objects, from flapper dresses to brooches to barware, all dedicated to classy boozing and there's also an attendant coffee-table book/catalog.

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"The cocktail is not just a drink," writes curator Joanne Dolan Ingersoll, "not just spirits combined with a mixer, but a spectacle, a symbol of American joie de vivre, prosperity, youth and unity."

The show runs until July 31st. NPR gave it a glowing review, which you can read here.

Posted by Brit Leissler  |  15 Jun 2011  |  Comments (0)

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During Sofia Design Week Puma is running a Creative Factory where everyone is invited to design their own jacket. The cut is always the same (available in different sizes) but the colors of the various pattern parts (seven in total) can be chosen individually.

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So, for the equivalent of about $25 (charged for the sewing), you can create a one-off sports jacket. A great idea housed in a nice location in the middle of Sofia—an apartment right on Shishman Street. Not only can you watch the production process of assembling your very own Puma jacket, but you can also recharge your batteries in a welcoming hangout after walking your feet off, looking at the festival.

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Posted by Ray  |  13 May 2011  |  Comments (0)

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United Nude is a classic case of modern mythology: Rem D Koolhaas (not to be confused with his uncle of OMA) and Galahad Clark—of the storied British bootmakers—launched the forward-thinking shoe brand in 2003 as a new synthesis of design and fashion.

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Spanish performance artist Alicia Framis invited them to create a "shoe suitable for outer space" for her "Moon Life" project, a multidisciplinary speculation about intergalactic travel and living in space. True to its unconventional nature, United Nude arrived at a flat pack platform heel:

...a high-heeled shoe both elegant and sexy while not be limited by the extreme conditions of space such as temperature and pressure. Additionally, United Nude's goal was to create a shoe that can also function in a gravity rich environment.

The further the journey, the more it will cost to transport by weight and volume. Therefore United Nude formulated their own criteria for their Moon Life Shoe: to create something as light and compact as possible while remaining fashionable. The outcome is the United Nude Flat Pack shoe.

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Posted by Joann Plockova  |  21 Mar 2011  |  Comments (0)

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Changing the face of Czech cycling, sisters Eliska and Dagmar Mertova—the dynamic duo behind Prague-based fashion label Segrasegra, sistersister—are doing it in sustainable style. With outerwear, jeans, sweatshirts, T-shirts and a few specially designed "wheel-to-work, peddle-to-party" pieces for women, the line is defined by its use of bicycle innertubes in its design, which has both practical and aesthetic purpose. Explains the sisters:

We visited a few bike shops and got the old tire tubes for free. [The material] has found a really great use on our clothes. So if anybody has some at home, bring them to us!

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Posted by LinYee Yuan  |  21 Mar 2011  |  Comments (0)

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Oftentimes designers speak about bringing art into everyday life; Russian-born French artist Sonia Delaunay made this central to her life's work. Known primarily as an abstract painter and "extraordinary colorist," Delaunay worked across disciplines: fashion, textiles, graphic design, interiors and fine art. On view until June 5th, the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum is presenting the first major exhibition of Sonia Delaunay's work in the United States in 30 years.

Focusing on Delaunay's designs for fashion and textile and covering two major periods of creative output between the 1920's–30s, the exhibition shows more than 300 works with correlating period photographs, fashion illustrations and design work.

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A driving force behind Delaunay's work is the theory of "simultaneity," the sensation of movement and rhythm created by the simultaneous contrasts of certain colors.

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Posted by Lisa Smith  |  17 Mar 2011  |  Comments (0)

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British fashion designer Margaret Howell and Industrial Facility's Sam Hecht have collaborated to produce a unique shirt, mixing the functionality of cycling jerseys with the style of tailoring. The pale blue cotton button-down is simple in the front, while the back tail is turned up to form dual back pockets to hold wallet, maps, or cell phone while traveling. Unlike regular cycling jerseys, though, this one is work-appropriate.

Get one online at Margaret Howell.

Posted by Glen Jackson Taylor  |  11 Feb 2011  |  Comments (0)

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Debuting at New York Fashion Week, Victorinox launched their capsule collection Remade in Switzerland by UK fashion designer Christopher Ræburn. The small collection of just 8 pieces are constructed from re-appropriated Swiss military fabrics such as sleeping bags, parachutes, blankets, and wool coats—some as old as 60 years. Each item is a limited-edition of 100 pieces including Ræburn's badass take on the classic Swiss army knife (pictured below). Kudos to the creative team behind the website and presentation, it's beautifully executed!

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Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  11 Feb 2011  |  Comments (1)

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If you've seen The King's Speech you may have spotted the Zip Antique necklace, pictured above, around the Duchess of Windsor's neck. In one week it will be on display at the Cooper-Hewitt, alongside more than 300 other pieces of jewelry, timepieces and fashion accessories designed by Van Cleef & Arpels.

If a company primarily known for jewelry seems like an odd choice for the Cooper-Hewitt, you need only take a closer look at the company in question. As the Times reports,

"[Van Cleef & Arpels] has an amazing history, heritage, and archives. We have incredible creations in terms of design and style but also in terms of stones and technique," said Nicolas Bos, the company's New York-based global creative director and chief executive for the Americas. "This has never really been displayed or explained, and the public has never gotten to see a full overview of what Van Cleef & Arpels is about."

...It is Van Cleef & Arpels's position in the forefront of design that makes the house worthy of such an extensive show, said Sarah D. Coffin, the exhibit curator and the head of product design and decorative arts at the Cooper-Hewitt, a division of the Smithsonian Institution. "Van Cleef focuses on design first. It's the design that dictates what stones will be used and not vice versa," Ms. Coffin said.

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"Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels" opens February 18th and will run until June 5th.

Posted by Sam Dunne  |  27 Jan 2011  |  Comments (0)

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Over the last few years blue-sky RFID concepts have been ten a penny—even if the conversion rate of these technological marvels into reality has been small and somewhat slow.

Emerging from the Hyper Island Advanced Interface Design module, "Karmatech" is the latest concept to illustrate the wondrous potential of RFID technology—in this case the chips residing in the shoe range of WeAretheSuperlativeConspiracy.

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Posted by Sam Dunne  |  24 Jan 2011  |  Comments (0)

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Students of automotive design and fashion at the European Institute of Design in Barcelona have joined forces to explore the futures of urban mobility, in collaboration with Iniciativa BMW. "Suits That Transport"—translated a little cagily from the Spanish "El traje que te transporta"— is the name given to an exhibition of the students final outcomes currently on public display on the Rambla Catalunya in central Barcelona.

The concepts on offer are imaginative to say the least. "Comme des Voitures" (above) supposes a mobile urbanite zipping through the city streets on boots soled with large ball-bearings whilst being bombarded with ambient and real time information on the intelligent visor. Similarly "City-Sking" offers up the idea of skis made for urban terrain—and a funky space-suit to match. Yet more blue-sky is the mysterious "Flying suit" (below)—what this inflatable-looking garment is intended to do we can only imagine. Oh and you heard it here first—black and white will be the new florescent hi-vis.

Smart-arse jibes aside—and credit where credit is due—we've got to give it to the participants for some highly creative concepts and some modelling of the highest order. Its great to see, as always, some imaginative energy being invested in alternative mobility solutions—even if they can verge on the Jetsonian on occasion.

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Posted by Sam Dunne  |  23 Jan 2011  |  Comments (0)

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Although presumably little more than an evocative concept, we're suitably impressed by the pairs production prowess. Take the jump for a couple of vids from their making phase —including the intriguing effects of a laser cutter on thermochromatic textile.

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Posted by shaggy  |  17 Dec 2010  |  Comments (0)

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Generally, I'm not one to sport some middle-earth-looking orange-milky way-splashed brown borderline-KKK outfit, but under a sky suddenly darkened by black-edged clouds, on streets where all others have run for cover, well, hell yeah! Just need a good 1000-yard stare to accessorize it with. "Breathable micro polyester (100%) Water and wind resistant with an extra extension for backpacks" Perfect.

Here is an instructional video on how to rock the look.- though these guys need a bit more solemnity in their steps IMO.

Looks to be a limited edition art product by Ole Jensen

Posted by Sam Dunne  |  17 Nov 2010  |  Comments (1)

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India based fashion designer Mridu Sahai has created this intriguing collection, inspired by objects more commonly associated with architecture and interiors than clothing.

Incorporating all sorts of hooks, grills, handles and latches,"Fittings" is intended to "reveal the extraordinary in the ordinary" and the beauty in everyday, functional objects. Mridu is also interested in the gender conflict created in the clash of textiles and hardware.

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Posted by core jr  |   9 Nov 2010  |  Comments (0)
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Marloes ten Bhömer is an experimental shoemaker who is exploring new possibilities in fabrication and fitting provided by 3D-printing. Rapidprototypedshoe, shown here, is breated through sintered plastic plumer, into the shape of one's foot. A fantastic solution if, like many, you're two feet aren't exactly the same size.

If 3D shoe printing takes off, we wonder other materials could be used to create a shoe that can stretch, bend, and be repaired? Bhömer has just started to address that by designing a shoe that comes apart in layers, allowing for different material properties and easy replacement of worn-out parts.

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Posted by Frank Bonomo  |   8 Nov 2010  |  Comments (2)

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UK product development firm Special Agent introduces their own branded line of performance travel bags titled BodyKit. The series of bags offer transformational wearing styles allowing you to keep your personal items close while actively making your way around the busy city. Take their chest-strapped bulletproof looking bodygrip for example. Imagine you're on your way to that top-secret meeting on the 30th floor of a high rise building, leaping parkour-style from ledge to ledge, with your iPad strapped to your chest. Without breaking a sweat, you unfold your pack into a stylish shoulder bag, assuming your casual identity upon arrival. Relax.

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With specially designed laser cut steel fittings, Bodykit promises to allow limitless adaptability and play thanks to Special Agent's use of high quality materials and years of experience designing gear for the UK's elite military forces. Check out the full line of products, and become inspired to think of what your design firm could develop on the side.

Posted by core jr  |   1 Nov 2010  |  Comments (24)
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Veronika Scott, a junior at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, has embarked on a quest to help over 32,000 homeless Detroiters by providing them with something basic, but much needed: a winter coat. The problem of the immense number of homeless is exacerbated by the lack of funding for proper shelters, leaving half of them out in the cold. As Scott points out, "for those who have no home, their coat is also their shelter," so rather than just clothe those in need, she's developed a hybrid shelter and garment—the coat turns into a sleeping bag, using body heat captured during the day to provide extra warmth at night.

The Element S coat is made from Tyvek and wool, simple enough to be made by first time sewers, and, in fact, designed to be. Scott hopes the production of these coats will teach people new skills, help them find employment, and inspire a sense of pride.

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